VICE President Jejomar Binay vowed Wednesday to solve teacher's problems with the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS).

In his address before members of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines-Davao City Council, the second most powerful man in the country said he "will put the teacher's problems among his first priorities."

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"Uunahin ko ang mga problema ninyo sa GSIS. Aywan ko kung bakit umabot sa ganitong masaklap na sitwasyon ito, hayaan niyo at uunahin ko ito," Binay said at Grand Men Seng Hotel with an audience of around 400 educators and students.

Binay is the national president of the Boy Scout of the Philippines and is also the regional chair for the Asia Pacific Region, which counts to 60 percent of total population of all boy scouts in the world.

Binay also advised teachers who are going to retire to "check on the GSIS" a year before their retirement.

Recently, Act Teachers Party-list called for an end to the alleged malpractices of GSIS president and general manager Winston Garcia.

The party-list first nominee Antonio Tinio Garcia is allegedly taking all the control of the GSIS's fund.

"The plight of the teachers worsened when Garcia took the post at GSIS and used his power to make the state pension fund an enterprise," he said.

Among the teachers' complaints, according to Tinio, were the delayed posting of collection and remittance of GSIS premiums which he said proved "to be questionable to the pensioners."

Part from prioritizing teachers' pension benefits, Binay also vowed that the scholarship he offers will be strengthened in order to cater to more students.

"You can expect for it. Perhaps we can have it on the second semester or if not on the first semester of nest school year," he said.

First visit

Binay's visit in the city is his first out-of town travel outside from the time he took his oath as the second highest position in the country.

The gathering was scheduled to start at 1 p.m. but Binay's 11:45 flight got delayed thus he arrived 3 p.m. at the venue.

Binay humored that he was late "because he did not use wang-wang."

"Nagmadali ako paalis sa isang meeting kasi sabi ko 'Mr. President aalis na po ako ng 10:45 kasi ang flight ko 11:45. Eh bawal ang wangwang kaya kailangang maaga.' Sabi naman niya, 'Hindi exempted ka naman sa wang-wang pakiusap ko lang iyon'," Binay said.

Binay's convoys did not have sirens.

Binay had his lunch, before the gathering, with Councilor Wendel Avisado, who heads the Boy Scout of the Philippines Southern Mindanao, and other officials. Also present was his son, Makati City Mayor Jun-Jun Binay. (JCZ)